A peek into the blog web server logs

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I briefly examined the web server logs today and I noticed a couple of interesting things.

First, in spite of Google announcing they’re closing the Google Reader service on July 1, 2013, the number of subscriptions as reported by their bot has not decreased. In fact, it has increased. Other news services don’t seem to be accessing the RSS feed so far.

Second, spammers seem to be accessing files from this blog and leaving a referrer URL behind that links to their spamming sites. I suppose the goal is not to spam anyone reading the server logs, which would be a bit dumb. Maybe if a site provides statistics about referrals and visitors they intend for those stat pages to link back to their site improving the page rank? Have you seen such a thing before?

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